Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Potatoes

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You guys. We’re getting reallllll close to the end of this season of the Bachelor. What the hell are we going to talk about on Tuesdays from now on?! If I didn’t have the Bachelor to talk about right now, I would pout to you about how I’m out of coffee and how I felt like I was going to cry yesterday while I was out shooting photos in the wind because I was shaking so hard, I could barely hold still. All that is quite boring compared to the Bachelor. But seriously, I really wish I had a cup of coffee right now. What is it about coffee that it just sets the tone for the day?! WHAT IS IT?!

Wait, before you go asking me if potatoes are paleo, read this. Then decide for yourself, because you are an adult and that’s what adults get to do.

Ok, so let’s review last night. It was 3 hours…and if I’m being honest, I had to shut it down after 2. I can’t let my brain fry like that for that long. It’s exhausting. Hearing women yell over each other is painful. My brain can’t keep all the screaming organized and it just shuts down. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s chat about the 1 hour Bachelor event. The producers start off the show on a super awkward note with Raven mentioning that Nick is good at his job then skipping through the town of Djfkaljf;alkyd Finland. It’s all implying that she had her first orgasm and all of us feel extremely uncomfortable knowing that fact. How did the producers talk her into this and make her think that she won’t regret doing this? Do you think she’s sitting next to her parents watching all of this? If I had to share this moment with my father, along with the rest of America, I would never be able to look him in the eye again. But maybe that’s just me and my super prudish personality. You know me, total prude.

Next is Rachel’s date…and surprise surprise, nothing happens. They cross country ski, she sucks at it. They talking about being vulnerable and scared and remind us that the Bachelor completely ruined the word vulnerable for all of us. None of us can ever use that word now because it won’t it be taken seriously. Anywho, instead of sporting of turtleneck that he’s drowning in, Nick wears a hat that he doesn’t pull down all the way, so all of his 90’s boy band curls sprout out of the bottom. And that’s it. Nothing.

Next up, Vanessa. They do some cold dunk tank to hot sauna routine and get kind of delirious off it so they continue to repeat it then talk about their relationship status. Smart move. Vanessa mentions that relationships are all about compromise but she refuses to compromise on some things. Kind of mixed signals, Vanessa! That’s all the really happens.

The end of the episode is Rachel getting the boot. She’s all sad but she keeps her sh*t together. Most likely because she is crushing it in the gown game AND because I’m sure the producers mentioned her being the next Bachelorette. So she’s leaving with the upper hand and doesn’t give AF. That’s all that happens. Are you bored yet?

The rest of the night, THE NEXT 2 HOURS, was spent on the women tell all. But I’m not sure why they call it that because they tell you nothing. They talk about everything we saw on camera and make a big deal about things that weren’t a big deal. Telling us ALL would be giving us the scoop behind the scenes of the real 90% of sh*t that went down. I hate you, ABC. What the women tell all actually is, is a bunch of hot women all coming together and making us wonder if we even watched the show with the same women. Like who the hell is Elizabeth who called Corinne a slob kabob? You can’t call someone a slob kabob when you accidentally walked onto the wrong set instead of the Nashville set. You just can’t.

So here’s what happened in the 2 hours:

  • Liz empowered women to sleep with whoever they want and to not let the world judge you for your past choices. You go Glen Coco.
  • Corinne and Taylor yelled at each other.
  • Josephine chose to wear black lipstick.
  • Alexis proved that she has the whitest teeth known to man.
  • Rachel got hair extensions.
  • They cut the bloopers too short.
  • ABC proved that they are better at building friendships rather than relationships.

That’s all we got. If they had a 1 hour show filled with all bloopers, now THAT is a show more people would watch. ABC should really contact me, I know a thing or two.

I wish I could talk more about the show but I’m craving a big ole’ cup of Jo. So Jackson and I are heading out to get me a coffee buzz and get him a whipped cream buzz. Cheers to Tuesday!

Now for real, go make this recipe NOW!

PaleOMG Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Potatoes

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Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 3 russet potatoes, poked with holes throughout
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons melted ghee, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (I used Frank’s Hot Sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning

For garnish

  • cilantro
  • diced fresno peppers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Wash potatoes and poke holes throughout. Place water in the basin of the instant pot then place a steamer basket or wire rack inside and potatoes within. Press the keep warm/cancel button then secure the lid, close off the pressure valve and press manual to high pressure and press the up button until the time hits 20 minutes. The instant pot will have to come to pressure then the time will begin. Once the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes then release any leftover pressure before removing lid.
  3. Carefully remove the potatoes from instant pot using a towel or tong (so you don’t burn yourself) making sure you don’t break the skin, then use a brush to brush each potatoes with melted ghee and sprinkle with salt. Place in oven on rack to crisp up. (You should be able to cook the potato in the oven the entire time it takes you to finish the taco meat, but keep an eye on it to make sure the potatoes don’t burn!)
  4. Discard water from basin and place back in the instant pot. Press Sauté function and add 2 tablespoons ghee along with the bell peppers, onion and a bit of salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes then add garlic, jalapeño, and ground beef and break beef into smaller pieces. After meat has browned, about 5 minutes, add lime, hot sauce, and taco seasonings. Mix to combine completely.
  5. Press cancel, secure lid, close off pressure valve then press manual to high pressure and press the up button until the time hits 10 minutes. Once time is up, quick release the pressure, remove lid and taste to see if the taco meat needs any salt.
  6. Remove potatoes from oven, cut each down the middle, pour taco meat inside and top with cilantro and fresno peppers.


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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37 thoughts on “Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Potatoes”

  1. Hi Juli,
    I am excited to try this recipe but I do not have an instant pot. Do you have any other recommendations?

  2. Juli! I’m loving your podcast and your blog and your Instagram and I think you’re so fun! So on this last podcast you talked a tiny bit about moderators and abstainers again..I thought this would be helpful. The concept is from Greten Rubin originally and she has this article http://gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2011/04/quiz-are-you-a-moderator-or-an-abstainer-when-trying-to-give-something-up/ which is a really long URL ???? Anyways sometimes to me it’s easier to think about it in terms of something other than food. Like if you wanted to be on Instagram less would it be easier for you to give it up altogether or to scroll through for only a few minutes throughout the day. Personally, I’m an abstainer, it feels more free to me to say “I’m never getting on Facebook again” and delete my entire account, rather than just delete the app from my phone.. anyways hopefully that helps some people 🙂

  3. This makes me even less motivated to waste 3 hours of my life tonight. Always the dilemma on Tuesdays…go watch the Bachelor and see my friends, OR cuddle on the couch with the hubs and watch Office reruns.

    I hate Nick so much, it just feels like a waste of minutes of my life everytime I watch. Boo.

  4. As always, I just love reading your thoughts on the Bachelor. I had to turn last night’s episode off too, it literally made my head spin. Since when did everyone decide to come out of the woodwork to defend Corinne?! Did the contestants realize she’s their best bet to extend their 10 minutes of fame? I’m going with yes!

  5. I stopped watching after Raven’s awkward skipping, high-fiving a stranger and petting a dog. Umm congrats? ABC you suck and this show blows. I actually did go and watch The Office reruns and ate the Buffalo Chicken Chili from your recipes 🙂 Much better than wasting my time …. he is SO BORING. But thank you for an awesome recipe … it was bomb and I used my Instant Pot for it. Win-win for my Monday!!

  6. Yeah last nights episode was painful. And Vanessa is horrible. But I love your recaps and recipes the day after!

    Have you been watching Big Little Lies? It’s a murder mystery mini-season on HBO and I’m addicted. 3 episodes so far…maybe that can replace the Bachelor!

    1. I just got sucked into Big Little Lies too! It’s really good and sexy. Alexander Skarsgard……need I say more.

      1. Agreed. Nick is awful and we watched like 10 min of the “tell all” and i couldn’t take them screeching at each other. Later taters. BIG LITTLE LIES- so good.

  7. Hi Juli,

    This recipe looks so good. How did your husband like it? I know you commented that he would love it but I also know he isn’t as into food as “we” are.

    I can’t stand Nick….

  8. I made these tonight! Must be EXTRA careful removing from insta pot as the potato skin is super fragile! I also scooped out the insides of the potatoes after crisping and mixed it with the taco meat, then replaced it… covered with cheese or nutritional yeast (depending on dairy tolerances) and stuck it back in the oven till melted for a “twiced baked” appeal! Delish! Even my picky teenager loved it!

  9. I’m torn. Raven is my favorite/my pick. BUT, I think I want him to pick Vanessa. They are both boring and I want to see more of Raven in the future and don’t want her to be stuck with him. With that being said, I bet he’s not with whichever he picks anymore.

  10. What is your opinion of the Instant Pot slow cooker function as compared to a stand-alone slow cooker. I am trying to decide the merits of buying such an expensive item and most everything I’ve read addresses the pressure cooking function as being outstanding but I can’t find many comments regarding the slow cooker function. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

    1. honestly, i haven’t used that function and i didn’t even know it had that option! it may be worth asking Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo or Jennifer from Predominantly Paleo if they have used that function and what they think. I just know they have worked with the IP more than me and may have a little more insight

    2. I used the slow cooker function once and hated it. Aside from warming the contents, I’m not sure that it actually *cooked* anything. On the day in question, I was making lentil soup. Since we had family that’d just moved to town, I shopped for a double batch to prepare extra for them while they unpacked their kitchen. When it came time to add the ingredients to my crock pot, they wouldn’t fit. “Never fear,” I thought, “I’ll just put half in the crock pot and half in my instant pot. ” Fast forward 4 hours and the crock pot lentil soup was finished but the instant pot soup was barely warm. I double checked that it was working and that I didn’t do anything wrong. It was and I didn’t. It just sucked as a crock pot. I ended up transferring the contents of the instant pot to my crock pot, finishing it that way, and never using the slow cooker function again.

  11. I just LOVE you! Although, I have just learned that I can’t read your blog at work without my coworkers giving me a weird look…I literally LOL.. every time. Never fails.

    Anywhooooo…. keep doing what you’re doing. You seriously brighten my days!

    Can we just be best friends?!

    Kay, thanks 🙂

  12. 2 things….
    1, I might be slightly obsessed with this recipe now. So hearty and healthy, and suuuuper easy.
    2. I just looked at the original post date and am now SO VERY mad at myself that it took me this long to try it.

    Wait, 3rd thing – you should totally pull out just the baked potato portion of this recipe and share it – I will never make baked potatoes the “normal” way again! SO much easier, faster AND better!:)

    Thanks again for all you do – I echo Kelsey!!!! 🙂 <3

  13. Hi Juli, my husband found this recipe and I made it last night! Delish, and even better on the second day for lunch 🙂
    Quick question — I assumed the 1 cup of water was for the potatoes in the instant pot. But it didn’t look like there was instruction to add water back to the instant pot to cook the meat. I ended up making the meat in a pan on the stove but thought for future use of this recipe I would ask what the 1 cup of water was actually for. I thought the instant pot had to have at least 1 cup of liquid to come to pressure and cook??

    Thanks for the great Whole30 compliant recipe!

    1. yep, the water was for the potatoes. you need liquid in the instant pot to help it comes to pressure and then cook the potatoes through. and in step 4 i mention to discard the water, which means get rid of it completely. hope that helps!

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